Our research team is conducting confidential interviews with both practitioners and welfare service users. If you work with people affected by welfare sanctions and support, can you help by putting us in touch with them? We especially want to hear from people in these places:
Our research team wants to interview people affected by welfare sanctions and support. We especially want to hear from people in these places:
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The Welfare Conditionality research project has welcomed today’s report from the Commons Work and Pensions select committee. The report calls for an independent review of benefit sanctions. It also calls for a series of evaluations of the effectiveness of sanctions. In evidence to the committee our project called for easing of sanctions and increased attention to support within the system. Read our submission here.
Our project is interviewing service users, practitioners and policy makers to uncover the effects of sanctions and support over time. It will examine both how effective the regime is in changing people’s behaviour, and whether the current approach is justified. Read more about our work.
Our research team wants to interview people affected by benefit sanctions and support. We especially want to hear from people in Glasgow who have experienced this as migrants, social tenants or offenders; or for anti-social behaviour in Glasgow, Peterborough and Greater Manchester. Also Universal Credit claimants in Inverness and Greater Manchester, jobseekers in Bristol and lone parents in Bristol and London.
Dr Sharon Wright comments on recent developments and the balance between sanctions and support. New evidence shows that benefit sanctions have removed £32 million from the Scottish economy and there are concerns that poverty and hardship are being created on a scale and intensity unseen for more than half a century. Read more
Dr David Webster’s analysis of the most recent DWP statistics, covering Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance, is out now. Read more here
Janis Bright considers the latest developments from the Commons Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into benefit sanctions. Read more here
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Read our new blog by Sarah Johnsen, which explores the evidence for this group of welfare service users. Sarah introduces a briefing paper with more detail on the history and arguments on this topic.